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    What did you guys think of this episode?

    I thought it was passable but nothing special. I didn't really like the Lois/Reese plot, the Malcolm/Dewey plot was pretty much useless and a waste, and Hals plot was the only redeeming plot for this episode. It's the only one I liked. This episode was pretty much a waste for me along with the episodes where Reese is married.

    Did the Wilkersons move or something? I guess its possible that the house Malcolm/Dewey was in front of, could have been someone elses, but it really doesn't even fit their neighborhood. Malcolm's neighborhood seems like an average neighborhood, rather than a upper class looking one.

    Another question is did Malcolm really dream of the mattress or was it actually there? I'm leaning towards the latter with Dewey somehow switching it, but that would be tough to pull off.

    I give it a 4/10 and I'm being generous.



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    As usual, I have the opposite opinion of most people on this board. I thought this episode was simply classic Malcolm in the Middle. And I thought Hal's plot was the worst and most un-MITM. Too much violence and screaming and genuinely uncomfortable moments which this season seems to have a lot of. The rest of the episode may have been pointless and "useless" but that has always been the humor of the show. I thought it was overall much more back to the roots of the show than most other recent episodes.

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    This was an excellent episode!
    Let me just say that Hal's storyline was one of the best he's ever had! The whole tooth thing was so friggen funny, but also painful(as I mentioned in the shoutbox). I actually held my hand to my mouth when he pulled his tooth out. Then I almost laughed to death when he put that cupboard around his neck and started screaming, but it was so low you could barely hear him! The best part was when Hal got the glass of ice cold water and said he'd drink it while Abe and the others were telling him not to do it(since the cold would hurt his tooth EXTREMELY bad). But of course, Hal being Hal, he did it anyway! I was standing up when he did that and I actually fell back in my chair laughing when he got the water in his mouth and then went "AGHGHHHAAAAAAAAA!" It was also hilarious at the end when the cop pulls them over when they are taking Hal to the dentist office, and the cop lets them go even while Hal is tied up and trying to scream!
    The Malcolm/Dewey storyline was very good as well, but I have to say it was a little....strange. Did anyone else catch that weird part where Malcolm and Dewey wake up from sleeping on the bed the first time and Malcolm goes,"Last night was.." and Dewey says,"Fantastic." ................umm, does that sound a little bit...um...how can I put this lightly.....sexual? You will understand what I mean if you saw the episode(just the way they say it....really weird). Other than that, great plot for them, and kind of cool because we hardly ever get to see a Malcolm/Dewey story!
    Lois and Reese was great too, at least to me, because it kinda parallels stuff that I went through when I was younger and tried to learn how to ride a bike. I loved the end of their whole storyline when Reese tries to plow into Lois but he taps her and he goes flying in the air and then lands his...crotch....right onto one of the bike bars(DAMN! There's a lot of pain in this episode)! Anyway, great story. And does anyone notice this is TWO Lois/Reese storylines in a row? They sure are bonding!

    Hal/Friends-10/10
    Malcolm/Dewey-9.5/10(gotta take off half a point for the sheer weirdness!)
    Lois/Reese-9.5/10
    OVERALL-10/10

    Another classic season seven episode! Already a fave of mine!

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    Great episode! Two weeks in a row Lois and Reese have me laughin' my ass off. I knew Reese was going to get the worst of the collision. Damn there is so many more hysterical scenarios those two can be in. Two weeks in a row a Wilkerson has been tied up in the back of a vehicle also. I cried laughing at the look on Hal's face when they were stopped by the cop. Bryan Cranston is by far the best physical comedic actor on the tube today. I was also on the floor laughing after Hal drank the water. Classic! There was no need for Malcolm and Dewey to be over-the-top funny because this was a very nice and well rounded episode. And yeah Tony_Montana, Malcolm/Dewey morning bed scene was kinda ummm......weird. God I'm going to really miss this show.
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    Malcolm: You cant just turn off your brain. Reese: Sure you can, I do it all the time, just watch. Malcolm: You can't just turn off your...Reese?...Reese?

    Reese: oh man, how long was I out?


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    They just keep getting better!

    I thought this was a great episode, and totally unique. All the plots were great, although I thought that Hal was alittle over the top at times, more than usual.
    But now I am left wondering if there really was a mattress???

    Each episode is more and more painful to watch, knowing that its closer to the end.





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    I find it absolutely hilarious that you're all calling Hal's storyline over the top, but it was completely natural that a brand new and really comfortable mattress just fell out of the sky and landed in perfect condition on the street. That was more than a little cheesy for me.

    It definitely was not a dream; Malcolm was sleeping so soundly and Dewey was so worried about him that he swapped out the beds. We know because Reese's storyline would have simply ended if it were a dream. Also, Dewey was wearing the same shirt when Malcolm was "sleeping."

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    Quote Originally Posted by yardgames
    I find it absolutely hilarious that you're all calling Hal's storyline over the top, but it was completely natural that a brand new and really comfortable mattress just fell out of the sky and landed in perfect condition on the street. That was more than a little cheesy for me.
    I felt it was cheesy as well, not to mention stupid. They should have found it just laying somewhere and not literally falling out of the sky.

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    But they've already found stuff just laying there. (i.e. the diving board, most recently)

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    I thought it was cheesy too, but as MITM doesn't really have lots of cheesy stuff going on, it didn't really bother me that much. But it was strange how they could sleep in the road til it got dark and there was no cars (until that one came all).





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    This was a pretty good episode. I wouldn’t say it was great, but it wasn’t bad. Sometimes I find it hard to get into Hal’s off-the-wall storylines because I just prefer stories that are centered around the boys, but this one pretty funny—especially the end where they had him tied up in the car. The Reese/Lois plot was good—it’s been nice to see them bonding in the last two eps. It’s also good to see Reese feel like he has a purpose by teaching someone something that he knows and they don’t. Opportunities like that are few and far between for him. Of course, he had to end up turning it into a form of black mail, but he wouldn’t be Reese if he didn’t try to pull something like that.

    I agree that the mattress falling from the sky was a little ridiculous, which is what makes me question whether it was a dream, or not. I mean, mattresses don’t just fall from the sky. I agree with rzombie that the houses in the neighborhood look more expensive than those in the Wilkerson’s neighborhood. Also, a mattress is really hard to move by yourself (not to mention having to move Malcolm without waking him) and Dewey isn’t that big so I don’t think he could pull it off. So this makes me think it was all a dream. The only thing that leads me to believe that it wasn’t a dream is the little smirk on Dewey’s face when he said “you were happy, of course it was a dream.” I guess it’s another one of those MITM things that we’ll never know.
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